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♪ great god our king and good evening to all of you on this day honoring martin luther king, jr., the day to celebrate an inauguration and a rededication to democracy in america. and let me show you some powerful images of this day. this is what president barack obama saw as he stepped out on that capitol podium for the last time in his presidency. the president placing his hand on the bible of martin luther king jr., and another bible, the one belonging to president lincoln. and then later on, as the parade was about to begin, the first family, a modern scene here.
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dad on his blackberry, the girls snapping pictures on their iphones. all day long, abc's david muir has been following this, he was there at the capitol watching history on parade this morning. we begin you with, david. >> reporter: diane, good evening. you're right. we were just a few steps away from the president, with his hand placed on those two bibles. authorities here in washington were estimating 600,000 to 800,000 people would turn out to the national mall to watch this swearing in. but tonight, we just learned from the inaugural committee, just like four years ago, that crowd might have surpassed a million. at the white house, a salute to the president, who was about to be sworn in before the nation. first, that 1.7-mile trip to the capitol. ahead of the president, on the west front of the capitol, a former president and the secretary of state. cheers on the national mall for the clintons, mrs. clinton looking better after that fall. and before their father arrived, the president's growing girls, sasha and malia, 11 and 14, wearing j.crew and kate spade,
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and growing up before a nation. then, their mother, first lady michelle obama. >> mrs. michelle obama. >> reporter: to thunderous applause, ushering in a new term and those new bangs. the first lady tweeting, "blessed to be joining so many of my fellow americans gathered to watch the inauguration." and then, the president, walking toward that archway, about to see the hundreds of thousands gathered on the national mall. >> the president of the united states, barack h. obama. >> reporter: the president emerging, flashing his giant smile, but soon, wiping away a tear, during a stirring performance by the brooklyn tabernacle choir. ♪ his truth is marching on >> reporter: and then all eyes on the president and chief justin john roberts, who flubbed his words four years ago, triggering a second swearing in. this time, the president's hand on two bibles, president lincoln's and dr. martin luther king's, and this time, it was the president who seemed to
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swallow a word. >> the office of president of the united states. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> reporter: and then, the president's address, just shy of 19 minutes, with a theme of moving forward together. >> my fellow americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together. together. together. together. >> reporter: the first president ever to include gays in his inaugural, while talking about the struggle for civil rights. >> for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. >> reporter: the president insisting we address climate change, and on immigration, arguing we should welcome striving immigrants. >> until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our work force, rather than expelled from our country. >> reporter: were there powerful performances, kelly clarkson's stirring rendition of "my country tis of thee." ♪ to thee we sing
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>> reporter: beyonce returning four years later, this time, to sing the national anthem. ♪ and the rockets red glare ♪ the bombs bursting in air ♪ gave proof through the night ♪ that our flag was still there ♪ >> reporter: and as the president made his exit up those steps, a pause. turning around to take in his final inaugural moment. one more time. a microphone picking up what he said. >> i want to take a look one more time. i'm not going to see this again. >> reporter: and as the first couple made their way back to the white house, they emerged from the motorcade just as they did four years ago. the crowds cheering their return home. then, the first family taking in a parade. the first couple with a kiss. the president moving to the drums. and the girls dancing, too.
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like so many families, taking in a parade. and you know, tonight, we've learned that the family of the late dr. martin luther king asked both the president and the chief justice to sign the king family bible after the swearing in. both did. we've also learned, obviously, the obamas getting ready for the inaugural balls tonight. and diane, i know both you and i were wowed by kelly clarkson and beyonce today. well, tonight, katy perry, stevie wonder, alicia keys. the music has just begun here in the nation's capital. >> it keeps coming. thank you so much, david muir. and what about all those crowds now, hundreds of thousands of people traveling so far and waiting so long in the cold this morning? abc's cecilia vega was there. >> good morning! welcome to the inauguration! >> reporter: hours before the ceremonies began, people from every state were streaming into the nation's capital to witness history unfold. this family driving ten hours from chattanooga. >> we did not want to miss an important moment in history. >> reporter: not even the frigid temperatures could dampen this crowd's enthusiasm.
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>> i love barack. >> reporter: you're glowing when you say that. all over washington, crowds, crowds and more crowds. just to give you an idea of how many people are out here, this is a group of people waiting to pass through a security checkpoint to go watch the parade. and i want to show you something else. just right over here, excuse us, there's an entirely different group of people, they say they have been waiting in line for at least an hour. the internet lit up. people in the crowd posing their own pictures online, waiting for that big moment. >> you and i as citizens have the power to set this country's course. >> he is, again, a president of the people. >> he is the president of the people. >> reporter: for others, tears of joy. >> we were slaves and today we are free. i am happy. >> reporter: abc's bill weir caught up with joan mulholland and reginald green, arrested 50 years ago as freedom riders, working to desegregate the deep south.
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>> the fact that obama could be elected again shows that the stone of hope, it came out of the mountain of despair that king spoke of and there is hope. >> reporter: a sentiment likely shared by so many on the mall today, including the man they all came to see. cecilia vega, abc news, washington. and here again, george stephanopoulos, great to spend the day with you. so, did anything happen today that changed the political possibilities? >> i don't think so. one day, one speech cannot dot that. even though this is the day where all of america comes together, and that was one of the big themes of the president's speech. but one of the things i did think we saw today was a very changed president. and this is a very different time and a very different president from the one who took office four years ago. the speech four years ago, a dark speech. for a dark time. we were mired in crisis. the economy beginning to come back. and what you saw today is, the
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president gave a meditation on freedom and equality. it was a president who else felt free. >> and so give me one indelible image from these hours we spent together today as you watched. >> oh, the one has got to be when the president turned back. when he turned back and looked over that mall and said he wanted to savor this moment. an african-american president, the first in our history, re-elected and giving a second inaugural address. >> on martin luther king day. thank you george. >> thank you. and today is also a time to take stock of the last four years. we want to show you some images that say it all. this is president obama, four years ago. and today. the marathon of the past four years etched on his face. and he would say, in his graying hair. and michelle obama holding the bible as her husband took the oath then and today. michelle obama. and the girls, sasha and malia. what a difference four years makes in the lives of these young women.
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and now i want to bring in our chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: well, that's right. that was the big, the lofty, the ambitious today. tomorrow, reality comes back. the president, if you looked at that stage, it's the people that hold the key for his second term agenda. over his right shoulder, speaker john boehner. it is boehner that can stop the president's agenda dead in its tracks. all of the president's priorities including gun control, combatting climate change, ultimately must go through a republican-controlled house that is led by boehner, to get anything passed. he must find a way to work with boehner, despite deep political differences on the very issues that the president wants to pursue. and it's not just the house. there are also pro-oil, pro-gun democrats who can stymy the
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president's agenda in the senate. that brings us to joe biden. you might consider him the president's ambassador to capitol hill. at the start of the second term, the president is counting more than ever on biden, who quite simply has better and deeper relationships with members of congress than the president himself. he's, frankly, more well liked on capital hill. >> obama! >> thank you so much. >> reporter: and most important it will for t for the president, the people who were there watching his speech. the people that helped him get elected president twice. those are the people that he is trying to now transform from a re-election campaign to a grassroots army to help him pressure congress, build public support to support his agenda. and it's support that you can, believe me, he is going to need, because right now, the president faces an uphill battle on every single one of those top priorities. if he's going to get any of that
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passed, he needs to pressure members of congress who, right now, including some in his own party, simply are not inclined to support him. so, the president is going to mobilize, he's never running for re-election again, but he's going to be counting on the very people that got him in the white house in the first place to get out there and support him again, pressure members of congress to support that agenda. diane? >> thank you, jon. and as we know, this is also the second time for michelle obama, who has been such a force in american life. obtaining jobs for military families. thousands and thousands of them. and also for health and nutrition for american children. but as we know, she has to contend with the scrutiny of what she wears. and tonight, the question -- why does it matter so much? abc's deborah roberts is here with us to explain. >> reporter: michelle obama
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dazzled in a navy blue silk coat by a little known american, thom browne, who only learned his design was chosen when he saw it today. >> i know she had a lot of other people that she could have, you know, chosen from and to be the one that she chose is one of those amazingly humbling experiences. >> reporter: browne, best known for men's, not ladies wear, could benefit from the first lady's midas touch. >> any time mrs. obama wears one of your designs, a fashion designer ascends. it's a phenomenal, phenomenal career-maker. >> reporter: it's that $14 million boost for any designer she wears. and the steady profits she delivers to the mass market brands she mixes in with couture choices. j.crew, a first family favorite, made that sparkly belt and purple gloves she wore with that coat today. first daughter mari malia, also j.crew. sister sasha in kate spade. but the best may be yet to come tonight. will the first lady top that flowing jason woo she wore back in 2009?
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one lucky designer will find out shortly. and rest assured, the phone will likely be ringing off the hook, maybe as soon as tonight. and i can only imagine, maybe with orders being placed by morning. fashion watchers say that michelle obama is so accessible that women just want to dress like her, diane. so, we're going to hear a lot more about it, i'm sure, tomorrow. >> all right, deborah, thank you so much. and still ahead here, today's other big stories, including dramatic new video emerging from the hostage drama and the terrorists linked to al qaeda. and, also, an abc news exclusive tonight. the families of american hostages are speaking out. i woke up with this horrible rash on my right side. an intense burning sensation like somebody had set it on fire. and the doctor said, cindie, you have shingles.
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by extremists with links to al qaeda. and today, we learned that more americans than we previously knew have been killed. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tracking it for us again tonight. >> reporter: it was four days of terror. seen in these first videos from inside, recorded by one of the hostages and broadcast today by algerian state tv. based on official accounts, at least 38 of these men were either executed or killed in the bloody rescue attempts. among the dead, three americans, gordon lee rowan of oregon and frederic buttaccio and victor lovelady of texas. >> we asked him all the time, do you feel safe? do you feel safe going? if you don't feel safe, you don't have to go. and he said, oh, nothing's happened there in so long. >> reporter: the wife of one of the seven americans to survive, steven wysocki, told abc news her husband hid at the gas plant for 2 1/2 days, often just feet away from the terrorists. >> there were a couple of times
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when he said he truly did think he was going to die. >> reporter: the rogue al qaeda leader behind the attack, mokhtar belmokhtar, said in a video made public today that more such attacks should be expected. not he is target number one in a rapidly expanding u.s.-french military operation near his base, where the first american transport planes landed today. brian ross, abc news, new york. and coming up from here in washington, d.c., the powerful voices at the inauguration. we take you behind the scenes in our "instant index" tonight.♪ [ male ♪ o'er the land do you turn an of the free ♪ into a scooter that talks to the cloud? ♪ or turn 30-million artifacts... ♪ into a high-tech masterpiece? ♪ whatever your business challenge, dell has the technology and services to help you solve it.
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among the hundreds of thousands of people converging on the mall today, there were some very special visitors. 15 third graders from a county outside atlanta. their teachers helped them get sponsorship from the smithsonian. but when they couldn't afford the trip, people in the community, people they never even met, raised $16,000 to send them. how exciting is that? how big, excited are you? this big? >> this big! >> from right there all the way down to georgia. the whole united states! >> because of a good-hearted community, they were able to climb on a bus and come to see the place they had only seen in schoolbooks. >> what's the third thing you want to go see when we get into the city?
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>> the lincoln memorial. >> shout it out. what's freedom? >> when you are free from another person. >> but freedom isn't free. >> he told me he had read that on a monument. and on this 50th anniversary of martin luther king's famous speech, they know exactly what he said right here. what did he say? what did he say? >> he said his "i have a dream" speech. >> i have a dream that one day -- >> what kind of dream do you have? what do you want to do some day? >> i want to be the president. >> i want to be on the news. i want to be a reporter. >> i would like to be an astronaut and go out to space. >> to be president. >> you want to be the president, too? we have two potential presidents here. 15 children climbing the 57 steps to the lincoln memorial. looking at him, his elegant hands, his sad eyes, is a reminder of what it is to be american. do you think of any songs when you think of america and you think of this place?
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>> the star-spangled banner. ♪ o'er the land of the free ♪ ♪ and the home of the brave ♪ >> and we thank all of the people who sang along with them, right there at the lincoln memorial. and here is the big photo, there they were, all bundled up at the parade today, where the president was passing by. and i keep thinking what they told me, the next thing they'd like to do is take sasha and malia out bowling. we are so glad that you were watching tonight. we're always working for you at a special "nightline" later at its new time, 12:35 a.m. and we leave you with that moment of this day. ♪ banner yet wave ♪ o'er the land of the free ♪
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♪ and the home of the brave ♪ ♪ the brave red plus gold equals green. tonight football plans -- fans are snapping up souvenirs as 49ers prepare for a return to the super bowl. >> we're live noont a place where collin kaepernik grew up. >> only on abc 7 news, violence in the work place. a man charged with murders of three co-workers blames it on his childhood in china. >> the made in america story of a man who couldn't find a job so he twont work to make
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his vision come true. >> tonight we begin the countdown to super sunday. the san francisco 49ers earn their way back into the super bowl. good evening, everyone, i'm carolyn johnson. >> it's good stuff. it's already being called har-bowl. brothers jim and john harbaugh coaching their way into the championship game in new orleans. the 49ers jim harbaugh and his brother, john, haven't spoken to each other about the match up yet. they probably won't, either. we have live coverage for you tonight beginning with abc 7 news larry beil. they're making history here this, is good stuff. >> no talking about it. >> right.
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>> this is such an unusual situation because it's never happened where before. we've seen the manning brother, peyton and eli playing but never against each other. so brother versus brother is the story here, fans want to explore every little aspect of the har-bowl, two people are tired of this whole thing, jim and john, themselves. they've been brothers so they're used to it. both expressed the same feeling in their minds this is all old news. >> every moment you're talking about myself or john, that is less, less time that the players are going to be talked about. >> fighters are fers, ones playing in the game. you know? they've had the most to do with it. and they're the ones we should be talking

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